Open Skies Farmstead

Crunchy, Off-Grid Living in Rural Alaska


Crunchy Living

Revisiting Reducing

We are approaching a year being back out of town and out on our land, off-grid. Because our living situation was up in the air at the time of the move, what with moving out of our apartment initially into a... Continue Reading →

Thankfulness Part 2

Gosh, my heart is just so full of gratitude right now, I just had to share some more. I hope you don't mind but it spilleth over. Haha! Wood Stove - I really appreciate having heat. In desperation the other... Continue Reading →

Staying Thankful

Lately I've been so so ready for warmer temps and longer days and everything that comes with spring, summer, and autumn. Days when the outside air warms, the grass turns green and takes over everything, the fireweed comes up and blooms,... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Looking Back

By: Mr. Open Sky During the year prior to our move I had many large decisions to make. One being since we were in essence “car free” we were going to need to acquire another vehicle. I am one who... Continue Reading →

Hindsight is always…

Mr. Open Sky and I were discussing the steps that led us to where we are today and the thought processes. The decisions and the mistakes. Like they say, hindsight really is 20/20. I want to share some of that... Continue Reading →

Budgeting – Part 2

Okay, so have you got your budget in place? Great. Good luck to you! Over time, but hopefully within the first month, you should feel some pressure release from the stress of wondering if you’ll get that one bill paid.... Continue Reading →

Budgeting – Part 1

Budgeting is one of those things that I know a lot of us struggle with. Most of us were never taught or shown how to budget. Couple that with living an incredibly consumerist society and it’s a recipe for inevitable disaster.... Continue Reading →

Water Conservation 101

One of the easiest ways to go crunchy is conservation. And one of the easiest, and yet most important ways to conserve is through water. Clean water is essential to living. So conserving what we have is so so important.... Continue Reading →

Going Crunchy

One of the things I am actually quite passionate about is being crunchy. I love the idea of reducing waste and conservation. It was about 15 years ago that I really started contemplating the majorly excessive waste everywhere. Wasting time,... Continue Reading →

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